We’re loving this alcohol-free summer drink recipe by Kate Merker at Real Simple. Serve it at your barbecue; take it to the park. Wherever you enjoy this tasty beverage, it's sure to keep you hydrated and super-chilled.
Time: 15 minutes prep
Good for: Gulp! Ahhhhhh…
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh basil leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnishing
8 cups lemonade
• In a small saucepan, over a medium heat, bring the sugar and 1 ½ cups cold water to a simmer. Cook, without stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens slightly, for about 5 minutes.
• Remove from the heat, add the basil and let cool to room temperature. Strain the syrup into a resealable container and discard the solids.
• Pour 2 to 3 teaspoons of the basil syrup into each of 8 ice-filled glasses, then fill with lemonade. Garnish with an additional sprig of basil. (You can cover and refrigerate the remaining syrup for up to 2 weeks.)
And that’s that! Cheers!
Recipe by Kate Merker; image courtesy of Ngoc Minh Ngo/Real Simple